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#1 posted 01-13-2011 10:04 PM

A roller jig can be very handy for sharpening plane blades and chisels. Some chisels may not work well in the jig depending on their thickness (mortising chisels as opposed to dovetail chisels). If however you have a jig that fits your chisels securely, then use it.

Make things faster and more repeatable by setting up a gauge to always get the exact same bevel by getting the chisel to always protrude from the jig by the same amount. This way you will spend much less time re-sharpening and just a bit of time re-honing the edge.

Yes they can be sharpened well by hand, but the consistency of set-up makes it worth using a roller jig. The jig also helps if your shop is not well lit, and if your eyes are not as good as they used to be.

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